One in four Americans experience a mental health or addiction disorder each year. The National Council of Behavioral Health (mentalhealthfirstaid.org) is working to train 1 Million Americans to become Mental Health First Aiders.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.
MHFA instructors will teach the course in (2) four hour sessions on Wednesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 26th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. To become a certified first-aider participants are required to attend both sessions.
This training is being underwritten through a partnership between the Monroeville Public Library, Allegheny HealthChoices and Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium and is being offered at no cost to individuals and organizations serving people with low incomes. Each participant will be provided with a training manual and lunch.
Note: Pre-registration is required as space is limited. If you have any questions please email Cynthia Moore, MSW at firstname.lastname@example.org